2009: More big sports highlights in second half

The second half of 2009 was very eventful as reported in the Independent.

Celebrating the victory - Stettler Cougars had to pose for cameras without their trophy and medals after they won they beat Lacombe Raiders 20-8 on Nov. 7 in the league championship game. No officials from the Central Alberta Minor Football Association were on hand to present the trophies.

Celebrating the victory - Stettler Cougars had to pose for cameras without their trophy and medals after they won they beat Lacombe Raiders 20-8 on Nov. 7 in the league championship game. No officials from the Central Alberta Minor Football Association were on hand to present the trophies.

The second half of 2009 was very eventful as reported in the Independent.

(July 8, 2009)

• Cassidy breaks record at Calgary Stampede

Curtis Cassidy of Donalda broke a record at the Calgary Stampede in steer wrestling by one tenth of a second.

(July 15, 2009)

• Nelson hits bull’s’ eye

Ken Nelson of Stettler scooped several of the top awards in the provincial rifle association championships in Whitehorse, placing at the top in the Ottawa aggregate category and winning the Governor General’s Medal for Marksmanshp in the grand aggregate competition.

(July 22, 2009)

• Heat at provincials

Stettler Heat of the Red Deer Ladies’ Fastball League competed in the provincial championships, losing a tiie-breaker for a berth in the finals after winning two games and losing two.

(July 29, 2009)

• Kicking Cancer raises almost $4,000.

About 75 participants in the Stettler area raised almost $4,000 for cancer research in the first annual Kicking Cancer fundraiser soccer game organized by Alicia Shirreff.

(Aug. 5, 2009)

• Stettler Olympian carries Vancouver torch

Former Olympic swimmer Susan Kelsey (formerly Sloan) will was named one of the torchbearers for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and will carry the torch through Ladysmith, British Columbia.

(Aug. 12, 2009)

• Storm strikes out at provincials

Stettler Storm strikes out at Alberta Senior AA Men’s Baseball Championships, losing all three games.

(Aug. 19, 2009)

• Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede returns

Rodeo returned to Stettler with the rain for the first annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede that drew several hundred people to watch the action on the sloppy ground at Stettler Exhibition Grounds.

(Aug. 26, 2009)

• Halkirk Bull-a-rama a big thrill

Halkirk Elks’ 14th annual Bull-a-rama tuned out to be a truly spectacular event to end the rodeo season with a schedule full of action and fun.

(Sept. 2, 2009)

• Halkirk hosts high school rodeo

Halkirk hosted high school rodeo with over 200 entries in 15 categories with three local competitors Tessa Mabbot, Dana Oram and Kara Spady.

(Sept. 9, 2009)

• Cougars win big in football

Stettler Cougars crushed Springbank Phoenix 54-0 in bantam community football.

(Sept. 16, 2009)

• Cougars rule again

Stettler Cougars licked Lacombe Raiders 48-0 in bantam football, blanking their opponents for the second successive week.

(Sept. 23, 2009)

• Volleyball girls second in Edmonton

William E. Hay Wildcats finished second a senior girls volleyball tournament in Edmonton at Concordia High School with Kristy Wade the most valuable player.

(Sept. 30, 2009)

• Wildcats second at track-and-field meet

William. E. Hay Wildcats track-and-field team finished second at a meet in Wetaskiwin with top-10 placings by Alana Skocdopole, Andrea Pedersen, Buddy Brown, Tyler Bissett and Brad Lawlor.

(Oct. 7, 2009)

• Cougars keep on roaring

Stettler Cougars bantam football team collared srrong rivals Olds Bulldogs 48-8 as the Cougars continued their march in the Central Alberta Bantam Football League.

(Oct. 14, 2009)

• Pee wee Panthers win in snowbowl

Stettler Panthers pee wee football team beat Wetaskiwin 13-7 in snowy blowy conditions in Wetaskiwin

(Oct. 21, 2009)

• Two gold medals at provincial meet

Alana Skocdopole and Buddy Brown of William E. Hay High School won gold medals at the provincial high school cross-country running championships.

(Oct. 28, 2009)

• Wildcats winless in football season

William E Hay Wildcats completed a winless season in the Central Alberta High School Football League (tier 3) with no wins, seven losses and one tie.

• Erskine wins junior girls volleyball tournament

Erskine won a six-team junior girls’ school volleyball tournament in Bashaw.

(Nov. 4 2009)

• Panthers end football season

Stettler Panthers wrapped up the pee wee football season which coach Gary Sorenson described as a “building and developing” season.

(Nov. 11, 2009)

• Cougers win football championship

Stettler Cougers won the Central Alberta Bantam Football League they defeated Lacombe Raiders 20-8 although no official from the Alberta Minor Football Association was present to present the trophy and medals.

(Nov. 18, 2009)

• Cougars fall in provincial semi-finals

Stettler Cougars lost to the St. Albert Fury 20-12 in the provincial bantam football semifinals.

• Cassidy wins CFR steer wrestling championship

Local steer wrestling Cody Cassidy of Donalda was crowned the 2009 champion as the Canadian Finals Rodeo wrapped up in Edmonton on Nov. 14.

(Nov. 25 2009)

• School volleyball champions crowned

Donalda won the junior boys volleyball championships in the Central Western Alberta Junior High Athletic Association while William E. Hay Wildcats of Stettler won the Grade-9 girls’ championship for Clearview Athletic and Recreation Association.

(Dec.2, 2009)

• Pentington tops at Bull-a-rama

Local rider Miles Pennington was crowned the top winner in the annual Stettler Bull-a-rama.

(Dec. 9, 2009)

• Wildcats receive awards

Willaim E. Hay Wildcats football team held is annual awards banquet with veteran Josh Meyer named the most valuable player for the season where the Stettler team finished with a record of no wins, seven losses and one tie.

(Dec. 16, 2009)

• Badminton players on zone team

Stettler badminton players Cole Nichols and Aleah Ross were selected the Zone 4 (central Alberta) team for the Alberta Winter Games while Woody Brown was named an alternate.

(Dec. 23, 2009)

• Wildcats open basketball season

William E. Hay Wildcats opened the high school basketball season at home to Camrose as the girls lost 63-38 and the boys lost 86-35.